Christmas today is not what it used to be.
Christmas today is not what it was meant to be.
Who agrees with these two statements?
The question is how can we get back to what Christmas is really all about?
How can we make our Christmas better, more joyful, more meaningful? How can we get back to the original intent of Christmas?
Have you ever pondered over these questions? Even if you havenft, your soul certainly has and if we are to be really true to our souls we must admit these questions are within us. I dare say these questions may even be causing us pain. These are the questions I want us to consider today. These are the question that I hope, with Godfs help, we may find some answers today.
Those with ears, let them hear .
We have talked about this over the last few sermons, the romance of it all, the Christmas to come when Christ returns to collect his bride. Today I hope the message will lead to more practical applications on how to make Christians better for you and all those around you.
He led me to the Great Romance and how much God loves us and seeks us to be his beloved, his wife,. He taught me how much God is seeking to restore my relationship with him. He led me to search for things that were that are blocking me from restoring my relationship with him, making certain that there is nothing that takes priority to this. He led me to consider what brotherhood truly was and to work to restore the relationship with my own brothers. He led me to realize that I did not really know them on a deep level and that they really didnft know me. This pained me considerably Through this I also began to look at my relationship with my my family, my church family and my wife. It has been a year of change and more than that a year that has taught me how I kneed to change more. To sum up everything it was a year with the central theme being restoring relationships. Relationships are not something that are simply restored in one simple solution but are continually restored. I want you all to take a look at the relationship you have and ask yourself if you are satisfied and more so I want you the put yourself in the others shoes and ask the same question. Sometimes we think everything is just fine but in fact it is far from where it could be. We must be able to recognize this. How is your relationship with your children, husband, wife, Friend. Is it all that it could be or is it missing something. Is there anything that you can do to make it better. How can it be restored? Sometimes we must look at these relationship to help us understand our relationship with God. They may be the key to improving your faith but more than that your faith may be key to restoring those worldly relationships.
A few months ago after my
return from visiting
God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son. God so loved the world that he wanted to find a way for them to restore the relationship by creating a means for them to get to know each other better.
Now how to explain this?
This country for the last few years has been in a pet boom in particular a dog boom. People are keeping these friends in record numbers. The dogs have become best friends for some people. People dress them up in clothes and spent money taking them to expensive saloons. They spend a lot of time together but they can not really communicate. They talk to the dog but the dog doesnft really understand. It reminds me of a comic I saw years ago Underneath the comic It says what the dog hears. And it has a man talking to his dog but all the dog hears is Blah Blah Blah Diner Blah Blah Blah Blah. There is a communication barrier. I am sure that many wish that they could really communicate with there dog. If one could give a Christmas present to a dog perhaps this would me it the ability to communicate. But to do this you yourself would have to become a Dog or your dog would need to become a human. You would have to go to his level or him to yours.
For many years man has sought
after God but so often got it wrong. You see he never were really able
to understand God. It was like they spoke different languages. For God
it must have felt like talking to a dog. He wanted to communicate his
love for man but all man was concerned with was when diner was coming.
So he had to do something drastic he had to find a bridge to enable him
to communicate well for without this the relationship could not be
restored. And so he decided to lower himself from the king of kings the
all powerful and omnipresent God into human form. He did this so that
he could begin the restoration work He was born in a stable not in a
palace and he was laid in a feeding trough. He purposely took this low
position so that all may come to him. He wanted to enable all to come
not just the elite that would be allowed in if he were to be born in a
palace. The first to come were the shepherds. To get an idea of what
the shepherds are like I would say we first have to look at the sheep.
Have you ever seen a sheep. I can still remember the first time I saw a
sheep. I had expected a fluffy white cute animal but what I saw was a
grey dirty matted smelly thing. Just looking at you would make you
reconsider ever wearing a wool sweater again let alone want to eat it
for diner. The shepherds were quite similar and certainly smelled
similar. Not someone who would be invited to a reception at the white
house or Buckingham palace.@Even in
As a parent this is a lesson I needed to learn as well. Sometimes I need to get down to their level in order to communicate with them. As an adult I am far too frightening but when I lower myself to his level we can communicate well.
This Christmas I ask you to look around at your relationship and ask yourself are you communicating enough are you giving yourself and not just presents for the gift of yourself is greater than any present you could ever buy in a store